SOUTHERN California was shaken by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake this morning as Americans were gearing up to celebrate Independence Day.
The epicentre was reported near Searles Valley, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake started at 10.33am, 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California.
Residents in Las Vegas, some 269 miles from Los Angeles, shared footage of lamps shaking in their homes, as the quake struck.
Aftershocks measuring 4.7 and 3.0 were felt five minutes later.
While officials are still carrying out checks there does not appear to have been any major structural damage caused.
Los Angeles Airport, LAX, reported: “Runways have been inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. Operations remain normal.”
The city’s fire department said: “All 106 fire stations are out conducting a strategic survey of their districts to determine if any damage exists.”
The Laguna Beach police said that there was “NO tsunami danger to the California coastline”.
The quake comes as all across the country Americans were gearing up to celebrate Independence Day.
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